We Can Control Numbers of COVID-19 Cases


Health Editor’s Note: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation statement projects that the U.S. could reach almost 300,000 COVID-19 deaths by the beginning of December.  We do not have to see 300,000 deaths if we stick to the basics of mask wearing, physical distancing, effective hand washing, if you are sick stay home, do not be around anyone who is ill, do not go into crowds, and other common sense and sanitary measures. 

Masks DO stop virus transmission by physically stopping moisture droplets, whether aerosolized or larger from leaving the vicinity of your nose and mouth. While not all infective, viral droplets may not be caught, as in the case where someone has not covered both the nose and the mouth with the mask, a large percentage will be stopped from spreading into the air and possibly to others. 

Despite this being summer and time for vacations, be careful who you are in contact with.  Family members who want to fly across the country to visit your home, because you live in a nicer, more vacation-like, more festive part of the U.S. should do that at a later date, when COVID-19 is not continuing to spread, infect, and cause deaths. Find another way to stay in contact…phone, face-time, Skype, etc. You all will be safer and will then live to meet in person later on.

Some states now require mask wearing in any building, in actuality to enter a building whether it is a grocery store, law office, medical office, stores of all types, etc. This is not a bad idea. The alternative could be to not have any of these facilities open at all…..no physical ability to get any business done, what so ever.

Many of these businesses will even furnish a free mask for you to wear, hand sanitizer, cleaning agents to clean the handle of your shopping cart although some facilities work to clean those carts before you get there. Grab one of those free masks, if you do not already have one or more, and keep it handy to put on in a flash as you walk towards the door. I assure you it will become a habit, and you will have done your part in physically controlling the spread of coronavirus.  Let’s get serious for a moment….wearing a mask is a great deal less uncomfortable than using a respirator to help breath for your life. I know which one I would prefer to partake in…Carol 


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